Women in American History

With discussion around the recent Paycheck Fairness Act, we started thinking about important women in U.S. History. We made a short list of important women we think all students should be sure to learn about in school. Is there anyone essential that we left off? We tried to keep the list manageable, and agonized over a few of our choices. Suggestions welcome!

  • Betsy Ross – connected with the U.S. Flag
  • Abigail Adams – intellectual and wife of President John Adams
  • Jane Addams – founded the Settlement House Movement
  • Susan B. Anthony- worked for women’s suffrage
  • Clara Barton – started the American Red Cross
  • Shirley Chisholm – First African American woman in Congress
  • Shirley Chisholm – First African American woman in Congress
  • Emily Dickinson – U.S. Poet
  • Amelia Earhart – First female to fly over the Atlantic solo
  • Helen Keller – deaf and blind woman who inspired many
  • Sandra Day O’Connor – first woman on the Supreme Court
  • Rosa Parks – refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus
  • Sally Ride – first woman in space
  • Wilma Rudolph – first woman to win three gold medals at the Olympics
  • Sacagawea – guide for Lewis and Clark
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton – woman’s suffrage
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe – wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Sojourner Truth – fought for women’s rights and an end to slavery
  • Harriet Tubman – worked for the Underground Railroad



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